Destin’s famed Clary Estate is on the market

Clary Estate

The Clary Estate, located at 777 Bayou Drive, is the “iconic” home of Roger and Ella Clary and is now on the market for $4.95 million.

Special to The Sun
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM.


After four decades of a storied past, Destin’s famed Clary Estate is opening its gates to the real estate market.

“This is an iconic estate,” said John Paul Somers, Real Estate Broker for John Paul Somers & Company. “This family is legendary… among many of their local claims to fame, most notably; as founding developers of Destin.”

As you pass through the wrought iron gates of the Clary Estate, you are transformed into a different era in Destin as you approach the majestic plantation-style home with its sprawling terraces and stately columns. Constructed in 1969, the house sits on an irreplaceable 3.38-acre expanse of pristine land and is listed for $4.95 million.

Under the canopy of mature live oaks, the three-story home at 777 Bayou Drive in Destin has five bedrooms, five baths, three powder rooms, a boathouse, and three contiguous lots totaling 300 feet of deep-water overlooking the scenic Joe’s Bayou from atop its gentle bluff.

The meticulously maintained estate was the home of Roger Clary and his wife Ella, who had the 7,600-plus square foot home built under very intense supervision. Roger was a hugely successful entrepreneur in the early days of South Okaloosa County, Fort Walton Beach, and Destin, founding and operating many very notable businesses that helped form the economic infrastructure of the Emerald Coast.

Having served as president of the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, president of the Air Force Armament Museum, and on the board of directors for Humana Hospital, Clary was a major player in the area.

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